Meet Alexander Astrov

Name: Alexander Astrov

Title: Head of Unit, and Associate Professor, Department of International Relations

Number of years at CEU: 16 years or so, plus two as a student

Home city/town & country: it’s a long and convoluted story

What's your favorite Hungarian food?


Whose works of art or design have had the greatest impression on you?

art: Bass-line in Bob Marley’s Who the Cap Fits

design: Jacob Jensens’ Beogram 4000 for B&O (especially when it spins Bob Marley’s Who The Cap Fits)

What's your favorite language, whether you speak it or not?

Vietnamese (they say you have to have musical ear to speak it)

What's your favorite quote or idiom?

‘The purple testament of bleeding war’ (Shakespeare, Richard II - don’t ask me why)

What do you like to do best on Sundays?


Which is your favorite building, park, museum, or public spot in Budapest?

Istvan Zelnik Southeast Asian Gold Museum and its tea-house (no longer functioning)

What's your guilty pleasure?

Watching a random episode of Penny Dreadful

What is your favorite or most visited website or blog?


Name one adventure you'd like to have:

Complete power outage for more than one day.